Liberal bloggers have a list of grievances against President Obama--the Guantanamo Bay detention facility is still open, there was no public option in the health care overhaul, he doubled down in Afghanistan--and they join college kids and Hollywood in the ranks of once-ardent Obama supporters who are now disappointed in him. But bloggers at the annual conference Netroots Nation, going on right now in Minneapolis, are adopting a different tactic to get the president's attention: It appears they think the best way to get the White House to take their complaints seriously is to compare themselves to bitter ex-girlfriends. "What to Do When the President is Just Not That Into You," was the title of one panel, which featured Fire Dog Lake's Jane Hamsher, the Daily Kos's Joan McCarter, and Dan Choi, an openly gay former Army officer who came out on The Rachel Maddow Show.
"It's like the president's not our boyfriend anymore," McCarter said during the panel, according to NPR's Ina Jaffe, who said the bloggers' acknowledgment of some of Obama's successes "sounded like a defense of the boyfriend who brought you flowers even though he cheated on you." Post-breakup, progressive bloggers have to be more careful about how they deal with him, Hamsher explained: "This is the time when Barack Obama has to care. This is the time when he needs your vote. So don't give yourself away cheaply. Ask for what you need and what the country needs and this is the time to do it." Don't sleep with him before you get the ring, ladies.